National Public Lands Day – Red Cliffs NCA Graffiti Removal

 To celebrate National Public Lands Day, a team of 15 volunteers, representing the Citizens for Dixie’s Future, and led by the BLM St. George Field Office Archaeologist Bill Banek, spent the morning removing graffiti that had been scratched into the sandstone walls along the Red Reef Trail, in the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness, within the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA). They used water and stiff brushes to abrade the scratched names and other graffiti, restoring the damaged areas to a nearly pristine condition.

National Conservation Area Manager, Dawna Ferris-Rowley, was impressed by the group’s dedication and hard work. “We are truly fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers willing to give part of their weekend to come out and participate in such a valuable restoration project.”

If you would like to watch a short video on the project, click here.

The majority of the volunteers that helped with the graffiti removal project


 One of the sandstone slabs before it was worked on

 A sandstone slab after it has been worked on

 Two volunteers after working on the wall behind them